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I just seen something happen in my tank a little while ago and i was just wondering if what i saw was right.

My male Red Empress has dug himself a shallow pit and insists on trying to breed with my C.Moori for some reason (don't know if anything can come of that or not?) Anyway they were going round in circles practicing/doing their stuff lol and as soon as my little Calvus saw this from the other side of the tank he shot across the tank to them like lightning lol and hovered just slightly above them with his nose pointing downwards inbetween them. Once they stopped doing their stuff and went away he went down to the gravel they were at and started sifting through like he was looking for something. If so is this something that they would do in the wild?Is this because he was going to steal the eggs as the were being dropped?

Look forward to the replys lol.

Oh and if anyone can tell me why my red empress feels inclined to try and breed with my C.Moori i'd be very intrested. Can they have babies together? I hope not lol.

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Oh and if anyone can tell me why my red empress feels inclined to try and breed with my C.Moori i'd be very intrested. Can they have babies together? I hope not lol.
He feels inclined, as there is no male C. moori, and he's a male, and she's a female. They can have babies together.

It isn't unheard of for calvus to attempt to steal eggs.
 

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Are you thinking because they are circling, they are trying to breed? Because my fish circle for aggression as well. Sometimes they get going so fast and for so long that I wonder they don't drop dead from dizziness and exhaustion.
 

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Thanks for the replys.

No they are defiantly not fighting as i have seen some of my other fish do that before they spin so fast they are just like a blur. The Red Empress and C.Moori are circling in a breeding way and my male gets full colour with each of them taking turns at touching each others anal fin.

I never thought it would of been possible for the Red Empress and C.Moori to breed as they are from 2 diffrent familys of fish. Im a bit shocked. I hope they never actually breed because the babies would be some weird looking fish i would imagine.

Anyone else with any comments/advice etc are all welcome.

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The calvus was looking for a nice meal of eggs, I watched my demasoni spawn, years ago, only to have all most every egg eaten by some black calvus, as soon as the female laid an egg or eggs, the calvus would dart down and eat them, it was quite amazing to watch
 

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I have a pair of Daffodils with tons of fry. There's 2 Calvus nearby and they can't seem to get close as both parents are keeping a very close eye on them. I got the Calvus to keep the Daffodil population down and it doesn't seem to be working.
 

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Calvus are notorious egg-robbers, so that is quite normal.
As for cross-breeding, all Haplochromine cichlids will breed with any mate, if sufficiently provoked. Lack of a suitable partner, is just about the most efficient provocation. The worst part is, that the offspring is very likely fertile.
 
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